Wednesday Mar 04, 2009

Involver - Online video marketing platform using JRuby-on-Rails on GlassFish

 
Involver.com is an online video marketing platform that allows brands to build, promote, manage, and track video campaigns on social networks for targeted audiences. The heart of this platform is a Ruby-on-Rails application using JRuby 1.1.6 served by GlassFish v2 UR2.

They found "pack of mongrels" as inefficient use of human and machine resources. After deciding on WAR-based packaging and looking at alternatives, GlassFish was chosen because of "well-defined public roadmap and release cycle" and "high degree of community overlap between JRuby and GlassFish projects". The admin console greatly reduced the setup cost which was another key factor for choosing GlassFish.

They use JMS queues to deal with "long running" tasks in single-threaded Rails environments. They are very impressed with the performance and big fans of the web-based admin console.

The detailed GlassFish questionnaire provide additional details on all of the above.

Thursday Feb 12, 2009

SFR - Developer APIs, GlassFish-powered

If you're a Vodafone customer and have traveled to France, you've been using the SFR cellular network, the second largest in the country with 19 Million subscribers (almost 5 million 3G subscribers) and number one European non-historical telecom operator.

Project RED (Rich Enabler Distribution), the code name of the "SFR Developer Zone" Initiative (devzone.ateliersfr.fr), offers developer APIs to access the SFR core network features such as sending SMS, MMS, geo-localizing mobile devices, ... and has chosen to deploy on GlassFish in clustered mode and MySQL. The services have been live since last November (2008) with good feedback from the developers community.

This experience started with a prototype developed on Tomcat which was then industrialized on top of GlassFish. The clustering feature of the application server has been a crucial point to scale to the demand of the developers. OpenMQ is also part of the technical solution. Read all the details in this questionnaire.

Thursday Aug 21, 2008

Wotif.com, a strong OpenMQ reference

Wotif.com Logo Australia's Wotif.com is a successful business that has grown quite a bit in the past year and a half, becoming the number one hotel website in both Australia and New Zealand. Each month, Wotif.com attracts over 3.2 million visitors and processes more than 200,000 bookings for 11,000 hotel partners around the world as explained in this detailed story.

Beyond Wotif.com's extensive use of GlassFish, this story also mentions who they migrated from Apache Active MQ 3 to Open Message Queue 4.0. Architect Greg Luck calls "Open Message Queue to be faster than Active MQ and rock solid in production”. You'll find more details on this slide deck and this set of videos.

Tuesday May 27, 2008

SNCF, another customer getting on the GlassFish train

Yet another "Travel" story for GlassFish. This time, it's the French railways company, SNCF. Their GlassFish-powered monitoring application produces alerts, a real-time graphical representation of key system variables as well as PDF reports.

If you've ever traveled to France you know about SNCF, the railways company and its high speed train the TGV. The company is now using GlassFish in production to monitor the complete (and somewhat complex) system, from the web to the IBM mainframe, including their links to partners such as Amadeus, Sabre, and Galileo or other European railways systems.

From a technical point of view, SNCF uses JMS (OpenMQ), JSF, JavaDB/Derby with connection pooling, security realms, and Hibernate's JPA implementation. JasperReports is used for PDF generation while quicktime and JavaSwf is used for Flash content. The administration console and full Java EE 5 compliance are clearly stated by Franck LeprĂȘtre, Software Architect at SNCF, as key GlassFish features.

Make sure you read the full questionnaire to learn how and when they first found out about GlassFish, how this Java EE 5 product helped them improve their code, among other tidbits.

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